News & Public Affairs05/28/05
Katha Pollitt, columnist, The Nation. Katha Pollitt is well known for her sharp and provocative analyses of popular culture and politics. Her Ã¢â¬ÅSubject to DebateÃ¢â¬? column began in January 1994 and appears every other week in The Nation. Mary began talking with Katha about her latest column on the HPV vaccine Ã¢â¬â and they continued on to many other issues affecting women today. www.thenation.comBe the first to comment
Thursday was the one-year anniversary since President Bush signed the Central American free trade agreement, or CAFTA, BUT ITS STILL HASNT BEEN RATIFIED BY CONGRESS.. Grassroots groups around the country, and throughout the state of Florida have increased their efforts to oppose the trade agreement, and as congress goes on a Memorial Day break, the chances for the passage of CAFTA seem to be dwindling.
ACT-Morris Ã¢â¬Åthe growers are opposed to CAFTA, the big unions, the unions, ...Be the first to comment
When the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform legislation was passed in November of 2002, the idea was to get so called Ã¢â¬Ësoft moneyÃ¢â¬? out of politicsÃ¢â¬âthe large financial donations by corporations and wealthy individuals. It was unclear how the legislation would work and how. A new report finds that McCain Feingold legislation has decreased the amount of money, which ends up in the hands of state political parties, which has translated to less advertisements on TV and rad...Be the first to comment
Every year here in the bay area and around the country the National Conference for Communities and Justice sponsors a fee program called "Anytown". It brings together about fifty teenagers from diverse backgrounds for a week at a local camp to discuss and work on issues of diversity, tolerance and co-operation. In this segment we were joined by Mike Trepper, the local director of education and community initiatives at NCCJ.Be the first to comment
Our guest was David L. Phillips.
In LOSING IRAQ: Inside the Postwar Reconstruction Fiasco, Phillips, former senior adviser to the U.S. Department of State, provides an insider's story on why plans for a peaceful transition to a democratic Iraq after Saddam Hussein went so far astray. Contrary to widespread criticisms, the problem was not a lack of planning by the Bush administration, which believed that U.S. troops would be welcomed with flowers and open arms as liberators. Instead, prob...Be the first to comment
In 1991 Hillsborough County created the Hillsborough Health Care plan for the poor to alleviate the burden of uninsured people who go to the emergency room for routine medical care. The plan was designed to give medical coverage to the poorest Hillsborough County residents so the emergency room was no longer their only opportunity to be treated. The Hillsborough Healthcare Study Committee met last night to discuss the future of the CountyÃ¢â¬â¢s medical plan. Jen Germaine was there, and ...Be the first to comment
Two lawsuits are pending against Clear channel entertainment for concerts they have been putting on at the Ford Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds were back in court today. Since concerts began last summer, there have been complaints by neighborhood residents that the music has been too loud. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was at the county courthouse today and filed this report.
Angela Mckantz lives on downing circle, on the edge of the Florida state fairgrounds. SheÃ¢...Be the first to comment
Nader joined WMNF's Rob Lorei to discuss the progress (or lack therof) of the war in Iraq; the filibuster compromise in the Senate; the Terri Schiavo case; claims by conservatives that public broadcasting is too liberal and whether he will run for president again in 2008. Nader's latest book is THE GOOD FIGHT.Be the first to comment
This past Sunday the St. petersburg Times began a two part series on disapperaing wetlands in Florida. Our guests were Craig Pittman, a co-author of the series and Tom Scherberger, state editor. The series describes how 'no net loss of wetlands" has been national policy for fifteen years. But the Army Corps of engineers, which is in charge of issuing permits for development of wetlands, has okayed most permits. The series looked at political pressure from both Republicans and Democrats to oka...Be the first to comment
Earlier this month, British government documents surfaced describing conversations the President Bush had with British Prime Minister Tony Blair in 2002. These papers, which have been come to be known as the downing street memos, say that Bush had decided he was going to invade Iraq , and that the intelligence and facts to justify the war were being fixed around the policy. The memos have received massive coverage in the British and other international press, but almost none in the US media...Be the first to comment